LONDON, June 24 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications director Andy Coulson was found guilty of conspiracy to phone hacking, while former chief executive of News International Rebekah Brooks was cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking scandal, London's Central Criminal Court ruled on Tuesday.
An ex-editor of the deceased British tabloid News of the World, Coulson, 46, resigned from the newspaper in 2007 over its phone hacking affair.
He was rehired by Cameron as communications director for the Conservative Party or the prime minister between 2007 and 2011, but was forced to resign when the hacking scandal escalated.
Rebekah Brooks, 46, Coulson's predecessor at News of the World, was found not guilty of conspiracy to hack voicemails, while her husband Charlie Brooks and News International's former head of security Mark Hanna were cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, according to the verdicts.
Rebekah Brooks was arrested in 2011 by police investigating allegations of corruption and phone hacking.
In 2011, News of the World, a 168-year-old Sunday paper owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., was closed following revelations of its phone hacking scandal.
A large number of celebrities, victims of crime and members of the British royal family were believed to be among those whose voicemails had been hacked by the sensation-seeking tabloid via illegal means.
Coulson could face a maximum of two years in prison. He and Rebekah Brooks were among seven defendants who stood trial in relation to the phone-hacking scandal.